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Singapore tops AI readiness index of 105 cities
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Singapore tops AI readiness index of 105 cities

September 27th, 2019 | by Alfred Siew
Singapore is the most ready to face the disruptions brought about by artificial intelligence (AI), according to an index of 105 global...
Who will champion citizens’ digital rights as Singapore becomes a smart nation?
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Who will champion citizens’ digital rights as Singapore becomes a smart nation?

June 28th, 2019 | by Alfred Siew
Where Singapore seems lacking in its smart nation vision is a championing of citizens' digital rights, especially as Big Tech keeps flouting the...
Despite teething issues, new SingPass Mobile app is a big step forward for a smart nation
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Despite teething issues, new SingPass Mobile app is a big step forward for a smart nation

October 24th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
By offering easy yet secure access to digital services, SingPass Mobile is an important piece of the smart nation puzzle for...
In Singapore’s worst cyber attack, much still unknown and fallout yet to come
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In Singapore’s worst cyber attack, much still unknown and fallout yet to come

July 21st, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
In Singapore's worst cyber attack, the fallout may only come in the months and even years ahead, when the stolen data is used for more attacks on...
Most Singaporeans say they can go cashless for a day: Visa survey
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Most Singaporeans say they can go cashless for a day: Visa survey

May 8th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
Most Singaporeans say they can go a day without using cash to pay for items, according to a study released today that points to an increasing confidence with cashless...
OCBC Bank recognises VIP customers through their faces with NEC technology
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OCBC Bank recognises VIP customers through their faces with NEC technology

February 14th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
The NEC face recognition system, rolled out in December 2017 at the OCBC Holland Village branch, is the first such effort here in...
Q&A: Face recognition is changing how a safe, smart city is run, says NEC
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Q&A: Face recognition is changing how a safe, smart city is run, says NEC

January 23rd, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
Accuracy is no longer a concern today, says Walter Lee, evangelist and government relations leader at NEC's Global Safety...
Q&A: A smart city has to solve problems, not just deploy technology
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Q&A: A smart city has to solve problems, not just deploy technology

August 29th, 2017 | by Techgoondu
A successful smart city is not a city that’s filled to the brim with fancy, new technology, but a city that has managed to overcome the typical challenges of urban life, says Jan Adriaenssen of...
In Singapore, questions on measuring a smart nation’s success
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In Singapore, questions on measuring a smart nation’s success

August 21st, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
A smart nation has to be first about the people, not the technology. Above all, its success will depend on how it has improved everyday...
Singapore government to give out S$2.4 billion in ICT tenders this year
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Singapore government to give out S$2.4 billion in ICT tenders this year

May 25th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
The Singapore government will give out contracts worth S$2.4 billion in the current financial year to boost efforts in smart nation and digitisation efforts in the...
Time for government agencies to be citizen-centric in Singapore’s smart nation push
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Time for government agencies to be citizen-centric in Singapore’s smart nation push

March 29th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
Perhaps only a handful out of dozens of smart nation projects will grow into truly transformative services that make a real difference. If that happens in the next three years, that would be...
Cyber attacks on StarHub reveal difficulties in defending critical infrastructure
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Cyber attacks on StarHub reveal difficulties in defending critical infrastructure

October 26th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
The cyber attacks on StarHub were sophisticated and well-planned, with a clear target in mind. They reveal how difficult it is to fight such...
As it beefs up cyber security, Singapore has to be ready for the worst
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As it beefs up cyber security, Singapore has to be ready for the worst

October 10th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Singapore's cyber security plan calls for a hardening of defences, for example, with requirements for telecom, power and gas companies to strengthen their...
How can the Singapore government monitor Pokemon Go?
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How can the Singapore government monitor Pokemon Go?

July 25th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
The first reaction when you hear that the Singapore government wants to monitor the impact of Pokemon Go here is probably incredulity. Or, what the...
Public trials of self-driving minibuses expected at one-north within two years
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Public trials of self-driving minibuses expected at one-north within two years

April 3rd, 2016 | by Raymond Lau
Self-driving, on-demand minibuses may be expected to start plying routes at the one-north business and industrial park within two...
Singapore needs more engineers, less short-term planning
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Singapore needs more engineers, less short-term planning

February 21st, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
For the young who are heeding this call to be join the cool-again engineering field, go on. Just be sure to build up your other skills and your network at the same time....
Penang turns to smart mapping to deliver improved services
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Penang turns to smart mapping to deliver improved services

February 20th, 2016 | by Esmond Xu
In Penang, an application known as e-Peta now provides actionable information on areas such as land use, businesses, traffic and public transport to decision...
IDA to offer tech-enabled toys to pre-schools
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IDA to offer tech-enabled toys to pre-schools

September 23rd, 2015 | by Aaron Tan
Some 160 pre-schools in Singapore will take part in an IDA programme that promotes learning and fosters creativity through technology-enabled...
At 50, Singapore seeks new path as a Smart Nation
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At 50, Singapore seeks new path as a Smart Nation

August 9th, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
There's no quick fix this time. Unlike the roads, airports and big factories that had propelled Singapore's original ambitions, the next 50 years' success will depend on how its people develop as...
Singapore government to launch infocomm tenders worth S$2.2 billion
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Singapore government to launch infocomm tenders worth S$2.2 billion

May 27th, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
The amount outstrips the S$1.95 billion spent last year and is among the highest in recent...